At Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital, our Bay Area vets are committed to helping animals, and their owners, get through the inconveniences of Spring allergies.
When it comes to the effects of allergies, animals and people are a lot alike, but most people don’t realize this. In fact, over half of all pet owners do not realize pets suffer from allergies just like people do.
If your pet is exposed to allergens, such as pollen, dust, grass and other allergen-producing substances, some of the most common symptoms they will suffer from are:
- Watery eyes
- Hots Spots (Reddened areas where hair loss and oozing/bleeding sores are present. Cats do not suffer hot spots as often as dogs.)
The itching, as well as licking, biting or chewing will be excessive, even to the point where you will notice him or her constantly rubbing against the legs of chairs, tables, and corners of couches. Allergies are also known to cause problems with a pet’s ears. Because of this, the pet’s ears can become very itchy as well, and, even worse, swollen or infected. When the ears are involved, the pet may shake his or her head or you might see some oozing or an odor might even be present. Not as common, but possible, is the fact that pets also suffer from sinus issues. These can lead to sinusitis or other nasal problems. Lung issues is another concern and can lead to bronchitis. The hardest part of allergies is seeing your pet suffer. But these symptoms can easily be resolved.
Because allergen-containing histamines are more prevalent in an animal’s skin than nasal cavity, these histamines cause the pet to scratch, which releases more histamines, which cause even more scratching. Because of this constant scratching, the skin can become irritated, and this is where infection can become a real possibility.
Oftentimes, allergies appear over a period of time, so an allergy that appears overnight, most likely, has been building over time.
Certain breeds are more prone to allergies than other breeds, and we are very aware of which ones, including shih-tzus, golden retrievers, boxers and beagles. Pets who experience allergies after Spring season has ended, might have year-round allergies. Allergies are not curable, but can be well-maintained with the help of an allergy-experienced veterinarian, as in Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital. With our assistance, your pet can become comfortable and free of itching again.
Call Nor Cal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital today and let us help your pet become allergy-free. We’re your first resource for a Bay Area vet.